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American Christofascists haven't just exported homophobia overseas - they've also exported the meme that Christians are being persecuted if they cannot openly discriminate and mistreat others. It's more of the "It's all about me" mindset and demand for special rights that one sees time and time again being peddled by anti-hate groups who cry that they are being persecuted if they can't have their way and ignore the laws that are binding on the rest of us. They have no problem with persecution as long as they are the ones persecuting and slandering others. Selfishness clearly needs to be added to the hate and fear hallmarks of today's conservative Christians. With the gay marriage bill likely to soon pass the British House of Commons, the UK Christofascists are in hue and cry about their alleged coming persecution. Here's a sampling of their disingenuous whining from Christian Today:
"These young people, from teenagers to 30-year-olds, will suffer discrimination, and will face new risks to their career and future," the group writes in a letter, signed by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Southwark, the Most Rev. Peter Smith.
"If the Bill passes into law without much clearer protections for freedom of speech and freedom of belief, teachers, and public sector workers will have to choose between their conscience and their career; many will be deterred from a public service career and from charity involvement."
The unofficial group of Christian leaders that wrote to the Telegraph said the MPs should consider protecting Christians with traditional views from being punished at the workplace because of their beliefs. Otherwise, the church leaders warned, young people may be forced to "choose between their conscience and their career."
Of course, employing this reasoning, anyone who claims that the Bible supports slavery or segregation or anti-Muslim bigotry should likewise be able to demand special rights citing religious belief and then do whatever they want. It's a dangerous precedent and does major damage to the rule of law in secular societies. The ultimate irony is to hear Archbishop Smith whining about the rights of youth. Odds are that they have a higher risk of being sexually molested by Catholic clergy than they do suffering any workplace related consequence for their beliefs.